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The integrative, reparative and restorative powers of the arts
Cathy Malchiodi PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT
Repair of psychological trauma is not just about learning to cope with distress.
Twenty years later, this psychologist continues to learn from children's drawings and narratives about mass disaster.
There is a type of interpersonal synchrony that connects individuals in powerful and far-reaching ways—it’s called collective effervescence.
“To fawn” continues to be normalized as a valid trauma response in literature and social media. It's about time we revisit this gender-biased descriptor.
We are all going to have to work at bringing ourselves back into relationships and resonance with each other.
Stressed? Try using two sides of the body to draw, move, and express.
Just when exactly are the ruling voices of psychotherapy planning to recognize expressive arts therapy as part of its lineage?
When trauma has dulled the ability to experience joy, playfulness, and pleasure, rhythm can be a way to reintroduce a sense of well-being and aliveness to body and mind.
Sensorimotor Expressive Arts Therapy is a form of restoration for individuals who struggle with the body’s responses to traumatic stress.
Throughout human history, there are consistently four healing practices when it comes to trauma and loss—movement, sound, storytelling, and silence.
We are adapting and evolving into new rules of social engagement and proxemics. That next Zoom encounter could be rewiring your social brain.
Japan marks the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing today. Images recall the horrors of survivors, 75 years later.
In order to get through it, you have to imagine yourself beyond it.
It's the basis for applying expressive arts within the context of trauma-informed work.
A growing body of research underscores that play therapy is an effective approach with children. So why does play therapy continue to be misunderstood when it comes to trauma?
Your vagal nerve knows that rhythms found in humming, prosody, growling, laughing, and specific vocalizations are self-regulatory. It is a function of your internal beat.
My psychotherapy colleagues, are you entering a danger zone when it comes to maintaining the emotional stability necessary to weather the mental health tsunami of COVID-19?
The laundry lists of "how to reduce pandemic anxiety" are wearing me out. I encourage my colleagues to witness their own emotional landscape first.
Recent research explains how the arts support social engagement and significantly reduce loneliness, especially in older adults.
When it comes to traumatic stress, expressive arts therapy soothes as well as engages the body's own capacity for repair and recovery.
Expressive arts therapy is an integrative approach to health and well-being that is long overdue as a recognized form of psychotherapy.
Neuroscience has informed approaches to expressive arts with trauma. But there is a deeper explanation found in human behavior over the course of millennia.
The story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and her work with children imprisoned at Theresienstadt provides a roadmap on how to help children currently detained at the U.S. border.
What do children's drawings tell us about their experiences of detention at the U.S. Border? More importantly, can these images tell us how these children encode traumatic events?
Stories are generally told linguistically, but there is also a non-linguistic narrative—the body's posture, movements, gestures, breath, and stress responses.
Very few people have been able to manifest an accessible community for exchange and education in the field of trauma. Guy Macpherson has.
Here is a fascinating interview with psychotherapist and trauma expert Janina Fisher on the importance of healing fragmented selves through somatic approaches to reparation.
Two recent studies support music's neurobiological reward to engage the brain’s reward system via Freddie Mercury's intonations.
Former Marine Roman Baca’s vision for healing through dance extends beyond clinic and hospital walls and into the wider realms to manifest health and well-being, post-trauma.
In expressive arts therapy, we start with embodiment — a form of implicit intelligence that is in direct contrast to the prevailing notion found in most forms of psychotherapy.
Cathy Malchiodi, Ph.D., is a psychologist, expressive arts therapist, trauma specialist, and author of 20 books, including Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy: Brain, Body, and Imagination in the Healing Process.